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C'mon Hollywood: Give us a new horror icon already!

Oct. 15, 2013by: ResidentRiddle64

It’s October in Hollywood and you know what that means, right? Zero new mainstream horror films are being released! Sure, you can argue for the remake of CARRIE, but the fact of the matter is that it’s one of the billion new remakes Hollywood has released in the last decade. While there are some really well made and effective horror remakes in existence, the ones of late have rehashed, reused and recycled all the horror icons from the not-so-distant past. Jason, Freddy and Michael Myers have all been through the remake-ringer (and then some) and with the approaching release of CARRIE, it looks like filmmakers are only going to continue with these unwanted and unnecessary remakes.

Some remakes are fine (the remake of THE RING comes to mind), but now that we have a new generation of filmgoers, Hollywood shouldn’t be concentrating on revamping favorites from the past; they should be working their asses off to create a new horror icon that’ll go down in history as an original creation that actually scares audiences. We deserve to have something new and exciting introduced to us and the fact that there’s nothing new is truly pathetic. Most baddies in horror films today are mostly forgettable or they’re just rehashes of what audiences have seen time and time again. But, that’s not to say that no one has tried.

The recent TRICK ‘R TREAT gave us Sam, who was menacing and badass. BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON gave us Leslie Vernon, who was a charming, funny and ridiculously cool character. HATCHET gave audiences Victor Crowley who was.... actually pretty cliche and uninspired. The point is, it does seem like some filmmakers are trying to give us something new and while that’s appreciated, these three films were unseen by a large majority of people. Some of these films are more popular than the others, but for the most part, audiences as a whole do not know what these films are, much less the characters that are trying to be given the illustrious title of “The Next Big American Horror Movie Icon.” The fact that these films are a little lighter in tone and comedic doesn’t help matters, either.

I think the latest real horror icon would be Jigsaw. While the puppet isn’t the actual thing to be feared (although it is pretty damn creepy), it’s the symbol that represents John Kramer’s overall message. While the SAW series drastically declined in quality by the time SAW IV rolled around, Jigsaw stayed with audiences and became a staple in the group of horror icons right along Ghostface and Pinhead. Again, most of the sequels sucked ass, but it’s not like this is the first time it’s happened.

Shitty horror sequels have always existed. Looking back on it, the original HALLOWEEN and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET were fantastic and still hold up, but how many of their sequels warrant a recommendation or even a second viewing? What happened with those films happened with EVERY horror series, be it SAW, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY or HELLRAISER. Enjoying more or less with what they saw the first time, producers know for a fact that audiences will pay again and again for films starring the same baddie hacking people up, giving filmmakers the incentive to keep shitting out lazy sequel after lazy sequel leaving us in this terrible cycle that will eventually lead to something so bad or forgettable that a remake is put into the works and we begin the process all over again.

Surprisingly enough, the films out there that are doing the best with their situation are the CHILD'S PLAY movies. Sure, the series has had some stinkers in the past, but with the latest release of CURSE OF CHUCKY, we have a horror icon that not only hasn't been rebooted (yet), but still sports the original voice of Brad Dourif as Chucky, which is pretty awesome. If you're going to continue with sequels, you might as well keep the same player in it (although, I have to admit, CURSE OF CHUCKY being released straight to DVD is super weak sauce).

So, c’mon, Hollywood. I know it may be asking for a lot, but concentrate on making a cool new horror icon! We deserve it! Again, remakes are okay sometimes, but it's come to the point where audiences need a slasher, killer, psycho, ghost, demon or otherwise to call their own. I realize that creating a horror icon that will resonate with audiences and last generations isn't the easiest thing to accomplish, but it's better to take a chance and try something different than lazily re-do what worked before.

Extra Tidbit: Who is YOUR favorite recent horror movie icon? Mine is easily Leslie from BEHIND THE MASK: THE RISE OF LESLIE VERNON. Check it out if you havent yet.
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2:16AM on 10/19/2013

it's a damn shame!

loved trick r treat. should of kept that going with sequels.
loved trick r treat. should of kept that going with sequels.
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3:12AM on 10/16/2013

There is a horror icon for the current era

It's the jump scare: a played out decades ago horror movie trick that lazy studios continue to use to try to entertain an audience in the most unimaginable way possible. Silence then loudness does not equal scary.
It's the jump scare: a played out decades ago horror movie trick that lazy studios continue to use to try to entertain an audience in the most unimaginable way possible. Silence then loudness does not equal scary.
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1:45AM on 10/16/2013
What's the 80's movie series with the flying chrome balls with spikes in them that brutally kill people?
What's the 80's movie series with the flying chrome balls with spikes in them that brutally kill people?
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8:17AM on 10/16/2013
Phantasm.
Phantasm.
8:19AM on 10/16/2013
Phantasm
Phantasm
10:04AM on 10/16/2013
It's Phantasm. The bad entity is The Tall Man, played by badass Angus Scrimm. The first one came out in the 70's. Sequels were made into the 90's.
It's Phantasm. The bad entity is The Tall Man, played by badass Angus Scrimm. The first one came out in the 70's. Sequels were made into the 90's.
11:54PM on 10/15/2013

What about Sinister!?!?

What about Bughuul / Mr. Boogie from Sinister?! There is tremendous potential for him to be an icon. That was the best horror movie I've seen in years.
What about Bughuul / Mr. Boogie from Sinister?! There is tremendous potential for him to be an icon. That was the best horror movie I've seen in years.
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8:07PM on 10/15/2013
I agree with this article quite a bit. It seems that the studios are scared of trying new things in horror, and that's a shame.

'Curse Of Chicky' going DTDVD might suck a bit, but the movie is surprisingly strong and enjoyable.

Extra tidbit- Chromeskull from the kickass 'Laid To Rest' series is a new 'icon' I really like. I'd love to see a third film in that franchise sometime soon,
I agree with this article quite a bit. It seems that the studios are scared of trying new things in horror, and that's a shame.

'Curse Of Chicky' going DTDVD might suck a bit, but the movie is surprisingly strong and enjoyable.

Extra tidbit- Chromeskull from the kickass 'Laid To Rest' series is a new 'icon' I really like. I'd love to see a third film in that franchise sometime soon,
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7:08PM on 10/15/2013
I always wished they had made more Jeepers Creepers movies... I know everyone has a problem with the writer/director, but I think The Creeper was a hell of a modern horror icon and always wanted them to make more than one sequel and the mythology lends itself perfectly for a century spanning fun so it wouldn't be the same setup again and again.
I always wished they had made more Jeepers Creepers movies... I know everyone has a problem with the writer/director, but I think The Creeper was a hell of a modern horror icon and always wanted them to make more than one sequel and the mythology lends itself perfectly for a century spanning fun so it wouldn't be the same setup again and again.
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5:26PM on 10/15/2013

Hows this for a "Horror Icon"?

I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media,
I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media, the blond shirtless metrosexual guy, and the mr. 'Know-it-all' Hipster guy (complete with glasses to match)

Method of attack; anytime someone searches 'taliban fag porn' as keywords the bad guy shows up and tracks the victim via a map app or MAC address and stabs him/her with an AK-47 bayonet (because shooting would too easy)

character name; Harry Ash-Taggert (wink, wink)
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7:18PM on 10/15/2013
Quadruple post. Impressive.
Quadruple post. Impressive.
5:23PM on 10/15/2013

Hows this for a "Horror Icon"?

I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media,
I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media, the blond shirtless metrosexual guy, and the mr. 'Know-it-all' Hipster guy (complete with glasses to match)

Method of attack; anytime someone searches 'taliban fag porn' as keywords the bad guy shows up and tracks the victim via a map app or MAC address and stabs him/her with an AK-47 bayonet (because shooting would too easy)

character name; Harry Ash-Taggert (wink, wink)
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5:20PM on 10/15/2013

Hows this for a "Horror Icon"?

I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media,
I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media, the blond shirtless metrosexual guy, and the mr. 'Know-it-all' Hipster guy (complete with glasses to match)

Method of attack; anytime someone searches 'taliban fag porn' as keywords the bad guy shows up and tracks the victim via a map app or MAC address and stabs him/her with an AK-47 bayonet (because shooting would too easy)

character name; Harry Ash-Taggert (wink, wink)
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5:23PM on 10/15/2013
Double post.
Double post.
5:19PM on 10/15/2013

Hows this for a "Horror Icon"?

I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media,
I blame the whole 'zombie obsession' for killing the horror icon. So if it means coming up with new character just prey on people's fears.

What scares people nowadys? I dunno, lets see; not being on the internet for more than 2 minutes, long bearded arab guys, the rise of Andriod to name a few.

The character costume; pixel-patterned military robe wearing dead eyed demon/zombie/psycho with a baseball cap shaped turban.

The doomed characters; the t3xT@r girl obsessed with social media, the blond shirtless metrosexual guy, and the mr. 'Know-it-all' Hipster guy (complete with glasses to match)

Method of attack; anytime someone searches 'taliban fag porn' as keywords the bad guy shows up and tracks the victim via a map app or MAC address and stabs him/her with an AK-47 bayonet (because shooting would too easy)

character name; Harry Ash-Taggert (wink, wink)
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5:26PM on 10/15/2013
Triple post. Sorry
Triple post. Sorry
3:51PM on 10/15/2013

D:

I would be happy with just a good horror movie.
I would be happy with just a good horror movie.
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1:11PM on 10/15/2013
I want to see The Slender Man become a horror movie icon as I think it has all the qualities, just needs a scary ass original movie to go with it
I want to see The Slender Man become a horror movie icon as I think it has all the qualities, just needs a scary ass original movie to go with it
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1:08PM on 10/15/2013
Sure. Let's create the next great horror "icon" just so we can water him/her down with a string of awful sequels.
Sure. Let's create the next great horror "icon" just so we can water him/her down with a string of awful sequels.
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1:11PM on 10/15/2013
Sequels and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. Even the classic Psycho had 3 sequels.
Sequels and horror go together like peanut butter and jelly. Even the classic Psycho had 3 sequels.
12:50PM on 10/15/2013
Hollywood doesn't have the imagination to create a horror icon anymore. If we ever get another horror icon, it will come from independent filmmakers. And most of the talented independent filmmakers of the world don't seem too interested in horror these days.

The last horror icon we got was Slenderman. And a kid created him.
Hollywood doesn't have the imagination to create a horror icon anymore. If we ever get another horror icon, it will come from independent filmmakers. And most of the talented independent filmmakers of the world don't seem too interested in horror these days.

The last horror icon we got was Slenderman. And a kid created him.
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12:38PM on 10/15/2013
Not sure how to feel on this opinion. I agree that it would be cool to get a new and really great horror movie released than the atypical PG-13 slasher movie for teenagers. I don't think you can necessarily command a movie to be released that will have the next Horror Icon in it. Keep in mind what made Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers so iconic is because there were sequels constantly created, which either copied, revamped, or satirized the original. And I think therein lies the problem,
Not sure how to feel on this opinion. I agree that it would be cool to get a new and really great horror movie released than the atypical PG-13 slasher movie for teenagers. I don't think you can necessarily command a movie to be released that will have the next Horror Icon in it. Keep in mind what made Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers so iconic is because there were sequels constantly created, which either copied, revamped, or satirized the original. And I think therein lies the problem, you want the next Icon. Well that relies on Hollywood to make just one great horror movie for the purpose of making one great horror movie (i.e. the original Halloween or Friday the 13th, etc) as oppose to making something for marketability for a potential franchise.
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12:30PM on 10/15/2013
I think it will be harder and harder to keep imagining a new icon, without making it feel derivative from other movie.
I think it will be harder and harder to keep imagining a new icon, without making it feel derivative from other movie.
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12:26PM on 10/15/2013
If Hollywood would get their thumb out of their ass and finally do a live action Hack/Slash movie, you'd get your wish.

Extra Tidbit: Hans from TrollHunter.
If Hollywood would get their thumb out of their ass and finally do a live action Hack/Slash movie, you'd get your wish.

Extra Tidbit: Hans from TrollHunter.
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12:12PM on 10/15/2013
And I know we aren't getting new horror icons, but we have gotten a couple of great horror films from James Wan. I mean The Conjuring was amazing and is one of my favorite films of the year and Insidious Chapter was just as good in certain aspects.
And I know we aren't getting new horror icons, but we have gotten a couple of great horror films from James Wan. I mean The Conjuring was amazing and is one of my favorite films of the year and Insidious Chapter was just as good in certain aspects.
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4:03PM on 10/16/2013
I disagree.
Between James Wan, and his inability to exhibit necessary restraint as a director, and the laughable places the writers ("House of Wax," "The Reaping") take "The Conjuring" by its conclusion, when the end credits began to roll, I was already completely detached as an invested moviegoer.
By the movies end, the writers were throwing so many horror tropes against the wall in the hopes that they would stick, that it just became overly saturated, and ultimately, kind of laughably
I disagree.
Between James Wan, and his inability to exhibit necessary restraint as a director, and the laughable places the writers ("House of Wax," "The Reaping") take "The Conjuring" by its conclusion, when the end credits began to roll, I was already completely detached as an invested moviegoer.
By the movies end, the writers were throwing so many horror tropes against the wall in the hopes that they would stick, that it just became overly saturated, and ultimately, kind of laughably ridiculous. I'm going to assume that the use of "based on true events" was loose. So loose that it's pretty much non-existent.
It was better than "Insidious" (though that is hardly saying much), but it still fails as an exercise in horror, and every genre that it eventually becomes within that category of film.
Wan is really good at ruining a decent concept. After 30 minutes "Insidious" fell apart, and the last 30 minutes of "The Conjuring" completely destroy what came before it.
I'll definitely not be partaking in the already announced, "The Conjuring 2."
12:10PM on 10/15/2013
Great article. Even though we just have Carrie coming out this October, it still would have been nice for some theaters to re-show older horror classics like Halloween (which they actually are), Friday the 13th, Alien, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. and make it one big horror spookfest marathon. Now that it something that I would pay for and be excited about.

There's always AMC's fright fest though. And if I had to name the last iconic horror icon I could think of, it would probably be
Great article. Even though we just have Carrie coming out this October, it still would have been nice for some theaters to re-show older horror classics like Halloween (which they actually are), Friday the 13th, Alien, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc. and make it one big horror spookfest marathon. Now that it something that I would pay for and be excited about.

There's always AMC's fright fest though. And if I had to name the last iconic horror icon I could think of, it would probably be Ghostface from the Scream franchise.
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1:09PM on 10/15/2013
AMC theaters at least in my area has been showing older movies for about a year now and this month they are showing 4 classic horror movies along with the Halloween movies you mentioned above.
AMC theaters at least in my area has been showing older movies for about a year now and this month they are showing 4 classic horror movies along with the Halloween movies you mentioned above.
2:51PM on 10/15/2013
Really? I'm jealous. I feel like my theater doesn't do any of that cool holiday stuff anymore.
Really? I'm jealous. I feel like my theater doesn't do any of that cool holiday stuff anymore.
8:22AM on 10/16/2013
People are trying to get rid of Halloween. Giving kids candy and staying up late is no good according to them. Just like every other Holiday and tradition in America, it's getting thrown away and it's a shame.
People are trying to get rid of Halloween. Giving kids candy and staying up late is no good according to them. Just like every other Holiday and tradition in America, it's getting thrown away and it's a shame.
12:05PM on 10/15/2013
I think anthologies are filling the gap for the time being. ABC's of Death and VHS seem to be working as a franchise strategy and although it might be mostly nostalgia having a horror icon spawn 6-7 sequels might've fit a past era (90's, 80's) more appropriately. I don't think you can just make an icon. This might explain why anthologies are getting a lot more fanfare than another push for an icon. Maybe in the future there might be one that fans can really get behind but I just don't see
I think anthologies are filling the gap for the time being. ABC's of Death and VHS seem to be working as a franchise strategy and although it might be mostly nostalgia having a horror icon spawn 6-7 sequels might've fit a past era (90's, 80's) more appropriately. I don't think you can just make an icon. This might explain why anthologies are getting a lot more fanfare than another push for an icon. Maybe in the future there might be one that fans can really get behind but I just don't see that happening.
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11:53AM on 10/15/2013
First I want to start off by saying you just don't go out an create a horror icon when you make a horror film. The fans and even the critics determine that over the course of time.

As for who is the best newer horror icon out of the three you listed it is Victor Crowley from Hatchet. The stories aren't actually that bad and it feels like 80s slasher films.
First I want to start off by saying you just don't go out an create a horror icon when you make a horror film. The fans and even the critics determine that over the course of time.

As for who is the best newer horror icon out of the three you listed it is Victor Crowley from Hatchet. The stories aren't actually that bad and it feels like 80s slasher films.
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11:43AM on 10/15/2013

best new horror icon

Samara from the Ring:
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Samara from the Ring:
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11:41AM on 10/15/2013

I might've missed it but....

C'Mon Hollywood: Bring back The Shape!!!
C'Mon Hollywood: Bring back The Shape!!!
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11:00AM on 10/15/2013
I think the sequels of Elm Street and Halloween that you think "warrant recommendation" is mostly due to nostalgia.I don't think their quality consistency is actually that different from the Saw or Paranormal Activity franchises. Actually, I think trying to franchise horror movies is what usually ends in their downfall. The idea behind Halloween 3, which is you can pretty much just keep doing new original material under a single banner, is a better idea than reusing Mike Myers over and over
I think the sequels of Elm Street and Halloween that you think "warrant recommendation" is mostly due to nostalgia.I don't think their quality consistency is actually that different from the Saw or Paranormal Activity franchises. Actually, I think trying to franchise horror movies is what usually ends in their downfall. The idea behind Halloween 3, which is you can pretty much just keep doing new original material under a single banner, is a better idea than reusing Mike Myers over and over again. Its something that could have worked with Trick r Treat, but its too culty for them to franchise.
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